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Mask mandates are in effect when on campus

All students in a classroom or instructional setting must wear a mask at all times; regardless of vaccination status.  Instructors who are vaccinated may remove their mask while teaching if six (6) feet of distance is maintained.

Outside of instructional settings, vaccinated individuals may remove masks indoors only when 6 feet away from other individuals (ex. in an office cubicle with a minimum of 6 feet of distance to others; or when in a private office – with or without the door open).

Vaccines are required for anyone who will be on campus this fall.

If you are unvaccinated, you are required to participate in weekly Covid-19 testing. Or, if you are vaccinated and would like to sign up for a free Covid-19 test, you may do so. Schedule an appointment now.

MSU Denver will be using the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) to verify those who are vaccinated. Since the CIIS system only pulls Colorado records, the Vaccine Verification form is only required in the following situations:

  • If you received your Covid-19 vaccination outside of Colorado,
  • If you received your Covid-19 vaccination through the VA or military,
  • You are a student employee and were instructed by Human Resources to upload proof of vaccination
  • You are fully vaccinated, but you received an email from the Dean of Students indicating that you are not vaccinated.

Please DO NOT use this form if you do not meet the criteria above.

If you have additional questions, please email the Dean of Students at [email protected].

Vaccination Requirements

MSU Denver to require Covid-19 vaccinations for all who will be on campus this fall.

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Student FAQs

We understand that many Roadrunners have questions regarding plans for fall 2021. This FAQ provides the latest information for MSU Denver students as we navigate this journey together.

Last updated: Aug. 27, 2021


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Roadrunner Safe Return

The Roadrunner Safe Return (RSR) Team is a University wide planning team comprised of representatives from administration, faculty, staff and the student body. The RSR Team is currently charged with planning for a return to full on-campus operations for fall 2021. The team meets on a weekly basis and is comprised of several working subgroups focusing on the following areas:

  • Operations
  • Vaccine Protocol and Education
  • Contingency
  • Wellness
  • Communications

Associate Vice President for Student Engagement & Wellness/Dean of Students Dr. Braelin Pantel answers students' questions about vaccine and testing protocols for the fall 2021 semester.

Safe Return Guiding Principles

In preparing for the full return to on-campus operations for fall 2021, the Roadrunner Safe Return team is to be guided by the following principles:

  • Our top priority is the continued health and safety of our students, staff and faculty, which will continue to be informed by public health guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, State of Colorado, the City of Denver and our on-campus health professionals at the Health Center at Auraria.
  • We will continue our mission to provide a high quality, accessible college experience that meets the needs of our students through a reimagined in-person experience for fall semester 2021.
  • MSU Denver serves a diverse student population requiring a full return plan reflective of our principles and commitment to equity and inclusion.



  • Plan for a robust student academic experience optimizing full in-person classroom capacity with no restrictions, returning 70-100% of the on-campus courses that were offered in fall 2019 to campus for the fall 2021 semester.
  • Plan for a flexible, agile and phased approach to a full return to on-campus operations that is that considers and integrates the constantly evolving information and guidance regarding Covid-19.
  • Plan for full-service on-campus operations.


Fall 2021 Key Points – What You Need to Know

  • MSU Denver is planning for a full return to on-campus operations for the fall 2021 semester with a course schedule mirroring 80% of the on-campus courses from fall 2019 and increased online course offerings.
  • The University is also preparing contingency plans allowing us to adjust to public health and safety guidelines for fall 2021 while working towards minimizing the impact of any changes on the delivery of instruction and our students.
  • Student activities will resume in person offering opportunities for community building and university life outside the classroom.
  • We will continue to observe the State of Colorado health, safety and travel guidance.
  • All members of the University community are highly encouraged to be vaccinated as soon as they are able per the University’s vaccination requirement.
  • The Health Center at Auraria has been designated a vaccine Point of Distribution (POD) in partnership with COVIDCheck Colorado and Denver Health, offering vaccinations to the Auraria campus community in accordance with state guidelines.
  • The Health Center at Auraria continues to provide Covid-19 testing for all MSU Denver students, staff and faculty. Visit the Covid-19 Testing and Vaccine Locations page for details.